In this article you will find an explanation for IoT, its (dis)advantages but also learn about KNX IoTech – the future of IoT.
IoT – Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects with built-in sensors or software. To put it briefly, IoT is connecting objects to the internet via embedded devices. These objects range from ordinary household objects to sophisticated industrial tools. People can interact with the objects – set them up or access the data, but all those objects can share and collect data without human intervention. With more than 7 billion connected IoT devices today, experts are expecting this number to grow to 22 billion by 2025 according to Oracle.
How it works?
As its name suggests, IoT consists of network and things. A thing in the IoT can be any device that can be assigned an IP address but also is able to transfer data over a network. These IoT devices collect data via sensors and share it by connecting to an IoT gateway.
The protocols use depends on the specific IoT application. Communication protocols include CoAP, DTLS, MQTT, DDS and AMQP. On the other hand, wireless protocols include IPv6, LPWAN, Zigbee, Bluetooth Low Energy, Z-Wave, RFID and NFC. In addition, it is possible to use the mobile network, satellite, Wi-Fi and Ethernet.
IoT enables access to information from anywhere at any time on any device. Furthermore, transferring data over a connected network saves time and money while automating tasks reduces the need for human intervention and improves quality.
One of the biggest drawbacks of the IoT is possible hacker attacks, which are becoming more likely with the increase in the number of connected devices. Also, it can be challenging for businesses to collect and manage data from all these devices. Finally, a bug in the system can cause every connected device to fail.
KNX IoTech – the future of IoT
Many of mentioned disadvanzages have been solved by experts in KNX technology. KNX IoT/IP is a truly interoperable IoT technology. Data security is based on strong data and IP encrypted communication between all devices and applications. Thanks to the endless flexibility of KNX, devices from different manufacturers can easily communicate with each other. All new KNX products certified by KNX IoTech will meet all the necessary features to integrate any product into a smart home or smart building. Read more here or watch online presentation.